I am trying to be a minimalist and only have in my house things I know to be useful or find to be beautiful. I am also trying to prepare for future event by stocking up items I hope will be useful.
On one extreme the tiny house movement implores having only what you need with as limited square-footage as possible. This means, every thing needs to preform double duty like table/desk/kitchen counter or sofa/bed/under bed storage.
Match this is the extreme prepping of having 1-2 years of food and water stored in your basement. A gun rack packed with ammo for every situation. And add on the idea that 1 is none and 2 is 1, underlining the need for redundant supplies.
How to Walk the Line between Crazies
1. Start with Minimalism: Everything must be known to be useful or found to be beautiful.
This means cut your house or apartment down to those things you need or enjoy. This should free space in your house. If you don't use it, toss it. If it's ugly but grandma gave it to you, toss it. (Grandma won't notice). The clutter space can be utilized for more meaningful items.
2. Focus on Preparedness: Organize your preps to make sure they serve their purpose.
Keeping stock of what you have and keep it organized. A well laid out and stocked pantry won't look cluttered. Since you rotated your expired goods, you will have only want you plan to use. The main idea is to keep stocked of those things you know to be useful, following the minimalist principle. Water and food storage is known to be useful. Having a multiple 6-person tents for a single person is not useful, it's clutter.
3. Re-evaluate your stuff: Priorities and situation change over time.
Just because you once found that sweater useful but now it doesn't fit, doesn't mean it deserve a place in your house. Reuse it for a different purpose or donate it. Re-evaluting the items in your home means, you may find more free space. This space could stay free and open or you could fill it with other items you find more useful. The cycle continues.
Do you align your thinking with the minimalist or the preppers? Are you a mix of both? How do the two ideas manifest themselves in your home? Thanks for reading.